Earth and Environmental Studies Professor Duke Ophori has been selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) and will travel to Nigeria in June to work with the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) for research collaboration and graduate student training in the school’s Department of Geology.
The project, Curriculum Co-Development/Mentoring Graduate Students: A Short Course on Groundwater Modeling and Petroleum Hydrogeology, will have Ophori developing a curriculum for groundwater and contaminant transport modeling.
Over the course of five weeks, Ophori will teach, train and mentor 20 master’s and doctoral students who are practicing hydrogeologists, petroleum engineers, civil and environmental engineers, groundwater professionals, water resources managers, geologists and hydrologists.
The goal of the project – and the CADFP program – is to create capacity building for young scientists in Nigeria who will be tasked with the investigation, management and protection of groundwater and petroleum resources. Mentoring of these students will carry on over the next five years.